With the year-long absence of live music, it seems logical that with the recent vaccine rollout and consequent waning number of new cases, things will be a little chaotic for the foreseeable future in terms of securing a tour schedule (with the additional hurdle of a condensed number of indie venues nationwide after Congress failed to act before many beloved clubs had to permanently close their doors). Fortunately, we have music festivals—those weekend-long onslaughts of vaguely familiar tunes barely within earshot from four different directions at once as you stand at the food vendor weighing the pros and cons of splurging on a Bud heavy.
With most of the country’s major fests announcing lineups over the past few weeks, Barcelona’s Primavera Sound is showing up fashionably late with almost literally every artist you can possibly imagine listed on their announcement flyer for their 2022 event, including headlining slots for [deep breath] Massive Attack, Pavement, Tame Impala, Beck, The Strokes, Gorillaz, Jorja Smith, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Tyler, the Creator, Disclosure, Interpol, Jamie xx, Lorde, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Megan Thee Stallion (who finally secured a rightful largest-font spot on a fest lineup this year). This somehow doesn’t even include first-tier-worthy second-tier artists like Bauhaus, Beach House, Charli XCX, 100 gecs, girl in red, Kacey Musgraves, King Gizzard, Clairo, Run the Jewels, M.I.A., Sky Ferriera, and many, many more artists I feel like I’ve slighted by omitting but boy is this a large paragraph already. To be fair this is a two-weekend event, but my goodness.
Will the number of available tickets be reduced due to the large number of performers on site? Will there be any artists left to play U.S. venues those two weeks? Can we have another year off from live music to process all this information? Check out the tl;dr posters for the event kicking off June 2, 2022 below.